India vs West Indies 5th T20I Highlights – 13th August 2023

India vs West Indies 5th T20I Highlights 2023, Sunday 13-8-2023. India tour of West Indies & USA 2023, Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground, Lauderhill.

Hardik says it looks like a good track and they would like to challenge themselves by putting a score on the board. Says the track played better here than last year. India are unchanged.
Powell says both teams are playing to their strengths and says he is confident of chasing down whatever total India put up. Says the bowlers need to stick to their plans against different batters. Alzarri Joseph is back for Obed McCoy and Roston Chase replaces Odean Smith, with West Indies looking for that extra spin option.

India win the toss and bat first.

India team: Yashasvi, Shubman, Suryakumar, Tilak, Hardik (capt), Sanju (capt), Axar, Arshdeep, Yuzvendra, Mukesh, Kuldeep.
West Indies team: King, Mayers, Hope, Pooran †, Powell (c), Hetmyer, Shepherd, Holder, Chase, Hosein, Joseph.

Head to Head In T20I’s: 28
India Won: 19
West Indies Won: 9
India T20I Rankings: 1st
West Indies T20I Rankings: 7th

Form guide
(last five completed T20I’s, most recent first)
India WWLLW
West Indies LLWWW

Match Timings: 2:30 PM GMT | 10:30 AM Local
Umpires – Gregory Brathwaite, Nigel Duguid
TV Umpire – Leslie Reifer
Match Referee – Richie Richardson
Reserve Umpire – Patrick Gustard
Match number – T20I no. 2194

Hardik Pandya:

“If you see, we lost that period post ten overs. Since when I came, I wasn’t able to capitalise and I took my time and could not finish. [On his decision at the toss] I believe that as a group we have to challenge ourselves. All these games are the games where we have to learn. We have spoken as a group that whenever we can take the hard way we will. In hindsight, one series here or there doesn’t matter but the commitment to the goal is important.

[On the T20 World Cup next year] It’s a long way. We have the ODI WC coming up. And sometimes losing is good. You get to learn a lot. And special mention for all the boys. They showed great character. Winning and losing is a part of the process and we are going to make sure we learn from that. [On his bowling changes] It is what I feel at the moment, I don’t plan much. If I see a situation, whatever my gut says I follow.

[On captaining young players] They’ve got heart. That is something that’s very important in international cricket. Every youngster coming through has belief. That’s something I see very often now. Kudos to them, they came out and took responsibility. I can’t be happier as a captain.” He thanks the crowd and says he is sure there will be bigger numbers at the World Cup before signing off in Gujarati.

Rovman Powell:

“[On winning the series] It’s difficult to put words to. Adjectives are inadequate for our feelings. It’s a big series. It’s a very big series for us to beat India at home with everything going on. Last night after we got defeated badly we sat down and talked. We are not just playing to put smiles on our faces but for the people . A lot of credit to the coaching staff and also the chairman. Yesterday we could have easily panicked but they sat me down and we talked about where we could go.

I am big on individual performances and when individuals do well it helps the teams. Pooran is a big performer. We asked him to stand up for three out of fives games. Credit has to be given to the bowling unit as well for trying to control such a powerful Indian team. A lot of credit to the fans. When chips are down they rallied around us and supported us. Not just physically but social media as well. Shows how cricket is a driving force and if we can keep using it as an added motivation to put smiles on Caribbean faces.”

Player of the match, Romario Shepherd:

“It makes me feel happy because we ended up on the winning side. So thanks to Pooran and King for playing so well. Right now from the ODIs to now, I’ve been hitting my areas and bowling well from the start to the end. [On bowling plans] Especially to Sanju, the plan was to hit the wicket and to Surya to get him to hit straight down the ground. [On the series win] It meant a lot to us especially because we’ve been going through some hard times in the past couple of months so to win against a team like India it means a lot for us and the fans.”

The player of the series is Nicholas Pooran.

He had to leave to catch a flight so Powell accepts the award on his behalf. Pooran will also get a branded electric guitar courtesy Hard Rock Cafe for hitting the most sixes this series!

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